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  • Writer's pictureScarlett Bowman

Dog Tip: Microchips

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life.

What Is A Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny device which contains an ID number tied to unique identifying information about a pet. The size of a grain of rice, this device can be scanned to tie your personal information to an animal. If your pet ever goes missing, this is invaluable if you want them to be returned to you. Keeping your pet safe with this simple implementation is highly recommended by the American Animal Hospital team!

If only your pet could talk. If only your pet could tell a stranger who finds him on the street his name and where he lives and who his owners are. But, your pet can’t talk, and he can’t tell anyone where he lives if he becomes lost.

Why Does A Microchip Needs To Be Registered?

A microchip only does its job if it is registered with up-to-date contact information in a pet recovery database. The same study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association mentioned above also indicated that only 58 percent of microchipped animals in shelters have microchips that are registered in a database with their owner’s contact information. That means that more than 40 percent of the microchipped animals had microchips that were essentially useless.


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